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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Jacob deGrom Note
Jacob deGrom photo 1. Jacob deGrom SP
deGrom barely missed out on winning his third straight Cy Young Award last year, but it was yet another dominant season. For the third straight year, he came in with a WHIP under 1.00, an ERA under 2.50, and a strikeout percentage above 31%. deGrom is getting up there in age, but it's worth remembering that he has fewer miles on his arm than most pitcher entering their age-33 season, given that he didn't transition to pitching until late in his college career and missed significant time with injuries during his time in the minors. deGrom has shown no decline in his game, and should hopefully (finally) begin to pile on more wins this year pitching for a better team in front of an improved bullpen. He should be the first or second starting pitcher taken and is an obvious first-round pick.
37 weeks ago
Max Scherzer Note
Max Scherzer photo 9. Max Scherzer SP
Scherzer had a decent season for a mortal, but for someone with his career track record, it was a major disappointment. His 3.74 ERA was his highest since 2012, his 1.38 WHIP the highest of his career, and his 7.8% walk percentage his worst in a decade. Scherzer still struck out plenty of batters but entering his age-37 season and with a ton of mileage on his arm, it's only fair to accept that the old Scherzer is gone for good. But though he may not be a consensus top-three starter anymore, he's still perfectly capable of being a fantasy ace. After all, Scherzer's velocity hasn't declined much, and his 31.2% strikeout rate was tied for 10th among starters. Scherzer likely won't reach 200 innings pitched again and his ERA seems destined to remain above 3.00 going forward, but he's far from someone to avoid in fantasy drafts.
37 weeks ago
Edwin Diaz Note
Edwin Diaz photo 26. Edwin Diaz RP
Diaz's overall numbers bounced back in a monstrous way last season. He dropped his ERA from a bloated 5.59 in 2019 to a 1.75, and upped his strikeout rate to a career-best 45.5%. He was among the league leaders in nearly every expected statistic (batting average, slugging percentage wOBA, and ERA), and he cut his HR/9 rate from 2.33 to just 0.70. Diaz's walk rate actually regressed, however, as he issued free passes to nearly five batters per nine innings. That's not often a recipe for success from a closer, but Diaz can survive at that rate if he continues to keep the strikeouts up and limit the long balls. In the end, Diaz does carry some risk given his history, but he should be drafted as one of the upper echelon closers in the game, if not a touch behind the truly elite options.
37 weeks ago
Carlos Carrasco Note
Carlos Carrasco photo 58. Carlos Carrasco SP,RP
Carrasco suffered a serious hamstring strain in mid-March which is likely to keep him out 6-8 weeks. It's a devastating blow to the veteran who returned strong from his battle with leukemia in 2019 to post a 2.91 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 2020. There was plenty to like about Carrasco in New York, including that the Mets will provide him with a better chance at wins, their infield defense should be above average, and Carrasco will play in a more favorable park. But at this point, he's nothing more than a bench starter for your fantasy team given his injury.
37 weeks ago
Taijuan Walker Note
Taijuan Walker photo 114. Taijuan Walker SP
Trevor May Note
Trevor May photo 150. Trevor May RP
Seth Lugo Note
Seth Lugo photo 162. Seth Lugo SP,RP
David Peterson Note
David Peterson photo 195. David Peterson SP
Joey Lucchesi Note
Joey Lucchesi photo 209. Joey Lucchesi SP
Miguel Castro Note
Miguel Castro photo 274. Miguel Castro RP
Trevor Williams Note
Trevor Williams photo 431. Trevor Williams RP,SP
Matt Allan Note
Matt Allan photo 500. Matt Allan SP
Dedniel Nunez Note
Dedniel Nunez photo 551. Dedniel Nunez SP
Thomas Szapucki Note
Thomas Szapucki photo 554. Thomas Szapucki SP
Jordan Yamamoto Note
Jordan Yamamoto photo 566. Jordan Yamamoto SP
Robert Gsellman Note
Robert Gsellman photo 579. Robert Gsellman SP,RP
Drew Smith Note
Drew Smith photo 685. Drew Smith RP
Jerry Blevins Note
Jerry Blevins photo 711. Jerry Blevins RP
Sean Reid-Foley Note
Sean Reid-Foley photo 722. Sean Reid-Foley SP,RP
Yennsy Diaz Note
Yennsy Diaz photo 753. Yennsy Diaz RP,SP
Antonio Santos Note
Antonio Santos photo 885. Antonio Santos RP,SP